The Boston Foundation and United Way of Massachusetts Bay launch the Mass. Migrant Families Relief Fund. Click here to learn more.

Now is the time to move equity.

Now is the time to move Boston.

Our Work

We believe that closing the gap on the region’s greatest disparities opens pathways to opportunity, prosperity and equitable outcomes. This complex, challenging and critical goal requires tackling the individual-, systems- and root-level causes of inequity. Here's where we are digging in.

What We Do
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You by our side. Equity at the center.

The systemic and structural inequities at the core of our region’s disparities cannot be dismantled without extraordinary perseverance and collaboration among visionary and courageous partners, donors and leaders. Together we can improve lives and strengthen communities.

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Our new brand, focused on equity

The updates to TBF's brand reflect our current and future efforts to create a more just and equitable city and region, and a Foundation-wide approach, including four interconnected pathways of work that we believe will move the city forward in our collective efforts for equity.

Latest News

Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and The Boston Foundation award $570,000 from the Massachusetts Migrant Families Relief Fund

The grants to 12 organizations represent the first from the Fund, which will supplement region-wide efforts to support migrant families arriving in the state.

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Nineteen Greater Boston artists selected for $15,000 fellowships as 2023 Brother Thomas Fellows

The 2023 cohort is the largest and most diverse in Brother Thomas Fellows history - and brings to $1,365,000 the total amount distributed to practicing artists from the estate of the world-renowned ceramicist Brother Thomas Bezanson.

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A Long Road Home: A Racial Equity Analysis of Homeownership Support Programs in Massachusetts

An opportunity to expand programs and improve systems for affordable homeownership in MA

A new Boston Indicators report finds that programs to provide affordable mortgages and down payment assistance for MA homebuyers are opening doors for more Black and Latino families to buy homes. The analysis also highlights opportunities to scale these efforts and have a greater impact.

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Boston Indicators launches new website to curate research into racial wealth inequity

The Racial Wealth Equity Resource Center features provides a home for curating research, data and solutions across ten key resource areas, as well as a platform for new policy research.

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Upcoming Events

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Supreme Court Ruling on Affirmative Action: Exploring Potential Implications & Opportunities for Nonprofits

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling effectively ending affirmative action in college admissions has rippled across sectors, prompting nonprofit, corporate, and government leaders to examine potential impacts on their constituents, employees, programming, and missions. While the implications are not yet fully known, the nonprofit sector and its allies face a pivotal moment and opportunity to come together to continue to advance commitments to building a more just and equitable society.

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Current Grant Opportunities

Powering Greater Boston's Economy
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Latino Equity Fund FY24 grantmaking cycle.

For its FY24 grantmaking cycle, the Latino Equity Fund seeks applications from community nonprofits in Massachusetts who are working towards the advancement of Latinos by creating economic prosperity opportunities or addressing health disparities and well-being.

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Fueling change through civic leadership

Working beyond grantmaking, we collect data, commission research and share knowledge to inform public policy and catalyze conversations on issues with the greatest impact on the people of Greater Boston. 

We are a hub of partnerships and networks that work with and answer to the communities we serve. We collect data, commission research, share knowledge, develop programs, and fuel new ideas.